Robert Bagg: Poems, Greek Plays, Essays, Novels, Memoir


VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES & OSTRAKON:

TWO COMPLETE NOVELS by Robert Bagg

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VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES follows a newlywed couple, Adam and Lisa Bond, living in 1958 in Cap 'Antibes, France as they are welcomed with alarming warmth into a colony of charismatic expat Brits, and who soon become involved with both violent factions fighting the Algerian War. Adam, an aspiring poet, retraces the swathe cut by the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway and the Murphy's through Europe in the 1920's, and as he and his buddy, Lee Raphael, a mime on a Fulbright to Paris, tour through France, Spain and Tangiers, they bring woe on themselves, their loved ones, and into Adam's poems. I have temporarily removed the text of VILLA from the site and will replace it with a revised and shorter version.

OSTRAKON: Prologue and Chapter One, takes the reader into Jack Stonecroft's study fifteen minutes before the worst crisis of his life erupts, one that threatens to destroy not only his career, but him. OSTRAKON is an academic novel that dramatizes what professors actually do in their working lives: the teaching, the research, the intellectual camaraderie, the political infighting, and the inevitable sexual chemistry between professors and students, into which mix reflexive vitriol is poured by both the genuinely and the pseudo scandalized. Jack fights his way, misstep by misstep, into a corner from which there's no escape, except the one his academic discipline has trained him to attempt.


Robert Bagg in Rome, 1959 Drawing by Lennart Anderson

Robert Bagg in Rome, 2004 Photo by Mary Bagg

Robert Bagg was born 21 September 1935 in Orange, NJ. He lives in Worthington, Massachusetts with his wife Mary. He has five children from a previous marriage to Sally Bagg: Ted, Chris, Jon, Melissa, and Hazzard.

Books: Madonna of the Cello (1961); Hippolytos (1973); The Scrawny Sonnets (1973); The Bakkhai (1978); Oedipus the King (1982); The Worst Kiss (1985); Body Blows (1988); The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (notes and introductions coauthored with Mary Bagg, 2004). and Niké and Other Poems (2006).



Education; Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ; Amherst College B.A. 1957; Harvard College, 1960; University of Connecticut, M.A. 1961; Ph.D. 1965.

Teaching: University of Washington (Seattle), 1963-65; University of Massachusetts, 1965-96; Smith College, 1967; University of Texas, 1971.

Awards: Prix de Rome. 1958–59; National Defense Fellowship: 1961–64; Ingram Merrill Fellowship, 1973; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1975; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1980–81; Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, 1980–81; 1996; 2004; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, 1999; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a biography of Richard Wilbur, 2007.